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Say Cheese! Sign up for a summer cheesemaking class

We've been offering cheesemaking classes at the Learning Center for many years, and it's one of our most popular offerings. Why?

Maybe it's because aspiring cheesemakers love meeting and milking our goats. We think the farm setting is a perfect place to learn about cheesemaking, because students really see the process from start - in our fields - to  finish - in their bellies!

Maybe people love our cheesemaking classes because because they're a fun and unique way to spend a Saturday. For example, this past weekend's cheesemaking students included a group of girlfriends out for a Saturday afternoon, plus a mother and daughter spending quality time together. Our classes are also great opportunities to make new friends with fellow foodies.

Maybe people love our cheesemaking classes because the hands-on experience helps them learn to make cheese on their own. Students don't just watch the instructor drain the whey from the curds, they do it themselves with guidance from our educators. In fact, in 2012, 93% of survey respondents who attended our adult skills classes said they could perform the skills on their own after taking the class.

Maybe people love our cheesemaking classes because it's because it's magical to combine simple ingredients and create something so delicious. For a sample, see the recipe below. It's one of four recipes we use in our class, and it's great for cooking in a calzone or lasagna.

Simple Goat's Milk Ricotta recipe

1. Warm 1 gallon of whole goat’s milk to 206˚ F.  
2. Stir in 1/4 cup cider vinegar.  The milk will rapidly coagulate. 
3. Drain the curd into a colander for one minute.  
4. Place the curds in a bowl. 
5. There are two optional steps at this point. You may mix 3 tablespoons melted butter and 1/2 tsp baking soda into the curd.  You can also flavor with salt and/or herbs.  
6. Place the cheese in a container, cover, and refrigerate until ready for use.

We're not sure why people love our cheesemaking workshops so much, but we do know that we only have a few spots left for this summer's classes! Sign up as soon as possible on our website.